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Ms. Washington from Columbus OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Good Seeds Community Garden: Learn, Connect, and Grow

My students need books, especially a class set of 25 of "Seedfolk" and "The Absolutely True Diary of a Parttime Indian" plus eight others such as "American Born Chinese", "Romiette and Julio", and "Why We Broke Up" in the classroom. The class sets are to connect to our community garden project, and the others are for "Drop Everything and Read" time.

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My Students

"I can change that. Can change it big." This is a quote from Seedfolks, a book I use with my ninth grade students who are working in a community garden. With this book, we make classroom and community connections. Unfortunately, we are unable to buy this book, or others for our classroom.

I have a diverse group of 9th and 11th graders who attend a large, urban high school.

The majority of my students are African American, but I also have a small percentage of international students, white students and Mexican-American students. The school as a whole is also diverse. The average daily student enrollment in 2010-2011 was 734 students. The majority of the student body, 80.6 percent, was Black, non-Hispanic, 6.8 percent was Hispanic, 1.4 percent was Multi-Racial, and 10.6 was percent White, non-Hispanic. My students are motivated to learn, and have particularly enjoyed the service-learning project we have done with a local community garden. With this project, I help my students make connections between reading, writing and their communities. The work they have done in the garden is truly remarkable and has garnered the attention of local universities and news stations. Further, the connections I have been able to facilitate within our classroom have been transformative.

My Project

My students need books, especially a class set of 25 of Seedfolks and The Absolutely True Diary of a Parttime Indian plus eight others such as American Born Chinese, Romiette and Julio, and Why We Broke Up in the classroom. The class sets are to connect to our community garden project, and the others are for "Drop Everything and Read" time. I have done a service-learning project in my classroom for the past three years. Recently, I found this book "Seedfolks," which would allow students to make direct connections between what we were reading in the classroom and what we were doing in the community garden. This year, I was able to borrow a small set from another teacher, but due to the high number of students in my class, I had to make paper copies for a number of my students. I want for my students to be able to hold the book in their hands, be able to turn the pages, and to be able to experience every dimension of reading a good book. I also added a class set of Sherman Alexie's book, which I use with my 11th graders for similar purposes. The rest of the books will go on a book shelf in my classroom to encourage reading. I want to create a literacy rich environment in my classroom so that they are inspired to read and feel welcome to borrow a book throughout the day.

My class's service-learning project, which now includes the first wheel chair accessible community flower and vegetable garden in the area, represents a multilayered service-learning initiative in that it facilitates collaboration with other departments in the school.

The science department, for instance, assists with the project'€™s preparation and action phases by planting and nurturing seedlings for the garden. It would be valuable for my students' learning to have this book as a resource.

Ms. Washington
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Seedfolks • AKJ Books $6.56 25 $164.00
The Absolutely True Diary Of A Parttime Indian • AKJ Books $10.94 25 $273.50
Speak • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Romiette And Julio • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Can''t Get There From Here • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
American Born Chinese • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Drita, My Homegirl • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Looking for Alaska • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Why We Broke Up • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59

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